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Sailing in Turkey puts you at the crossroads of history, culture, geography and religion. This vast peninsula is surrounded by eight countries and on three sides by the Aegean, Black and Mediterranean seas. It’s one of the world’s oldest inhabited regions, a former home to Assyrian, Greek and Phrygian civilizations, among others. With more than 500 islands and islets and 4,400 miles of coastline, it is no wonder Turkey is a sailor’s paradise.

Day 1: Göcek Make sure you leave enough time to explore ashore at Göcek, a small fishing town that used to known as Kalimce. Explore the forested national park or trace its past underwater and see the Kalimce ruins. Provision from the local market on Sunday or try the fresh seafood in one of the local restaurants. Head eight nautical miles to Kapi Creek, Gobun Koyu, in the Skopea Limani gulf between Göcek and Fethiye - known as one of Turkey's most beautiful cruising regions. Kapi Creek is a scenic, protected cove sheltered by trees that frame cobalt and azure waters. It's known for its boat accessible Kapi Creek Restaurant, which is also a bakery and has fantastic sunset views. Moor at the jetty, swim at the nearby beach, explore Merdivenli Cove and Seagull Bay or head to the hills to see ancient ruins.

Day 2: Ekincik Set sail 29nm up the coast to Ekincik, between Marmaris and Dalyan. Ekincik has a beautiful, sheltered marina set in an inlet with a beach, pine forests trails and caves to explore. Take the local motorboat ride up the Dalyan River to the UNESCO ancient city of Kaunos, where you'll see six tombs of the kings cut into the sheer rock face. Don't miss it, as it really is spectacular. You can also visit the nearby mud baths with their mystical healing powers.

Day 3: Gemiler Island Head 34nm to Gemiler Island, also known as St Nicholas Island, where the tomb of St Nicholas, or Father Christmas, was believed to have been originally located. Climb the very steep hill to see the ruins of five churches built between the 4th and 6th centuries, one of which is cut into the rock. There are impressive views at the top, but wear sturdy shoes and take plenty of sunscreen and water with you. The ruined arches provide natural frames for views of electric blue seas sparkling in the sunshine. This is a popular spot, so early mooring is advisable and if you want to swim off the beach, wear water shoes as there are rocks underwater.

Day 4: Kizikuyruk Koyu Sail 13nm to Kizikuyruk Koyu on the Kapıdağ peninsula, a deep anchorage and beautiful cove with clear water for snorkeling.

Day 5: Fethiye Make for Fethiye (13nm), which is a wonderful gateway to explore Turkey's rich archaeological treasures and the Antalya ruins with their rock tombs that formed part of Lycia's ancient settlements. There are plenty of mooring opportunities and some hotels reduce the mooring fee if you dine. Just a 20 minute walk away from the harbor is the Amyntas rock tombs. If you have more time, the amazing, well-preserved settlement of Pinara is just an hour by taxi, followed by a winding walk up the hill. It sits in the mountains with tombs cut into high rocks, many with columns and motifs, or you can wander the amphitheater. Some of the site requires climbing, so wear the right footwear for scrambling.Or you can visit the Tlos ruins with its amphitheater, roman baths and mausoleum cuts into the rocks. You can also see the ruins at Xanthos and Kalkan. It gets very hot in summer, so make sure you stock up on water when you visit the ancient sites.

Day 6: Wall Bay Sail 15nm to Wall Bay, which offers some of the best snorkeling in this part of Turkey. Dine at the nearby family-run restaurant Adaia, which can only be accessed by boat. Swim at the beach or kayak to the nearby Cleopatra's Bay (also known as Ruin Bay) to explore ancient ruins.

Day 7: Göcek Head nine nautical miles back to Göcek and disembark.

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